Accelerating the Creation Of Rural Nascent Start-ups (Acorns) is a six-month part-time development programme focused on assisting over 50 female entrepreneurs from outside of the country’s biggest cities to make it big.

The deadline for applications for a new fully-funded initiative aimed at helping early-stage rural-based female entrepreneurs to build their business(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a new type of community-based political representation in Mayo say their template could apply to any constituency across the State.The(...)

Jason Coyle, director of Mr Crumb food export business in Finea, Co Westmeath: “We have broadband, but not broadband of the capability or the capacity to run a modern business the way it should.”

Every second Friday, Independent TD Stephen Donnelly hosts a meeting of interested parties, businesses and residential, solely on the issue of broadba(...)

It has been estimated there will be 300,000 extra milking cows on farms here within five years. Photograph: The Irish Times

Could 2015 be the year rural Ireland begins to bounce back? Traffic on the M50 surpasses pre-recession levels, but rural towns are still waiting for g(...)

Dr Maura Farrell: “Rural Ireland is a very mixed picture now, not so dependent on agriculture, and the picture isn’t all negative.”

“Why is it that when the late Tony Gregory came up with a plan for inner-city Dublin, which he sold to Charles J Haughey, he was praised as a visionar(...)

Emma Ward from Coolaney in Co Sligo has sent CVs to businesses in counties Longford, Galway and Mayo, offering to move house to work. Photograph: Brian Farrell.

Unemployment levels, poverty rates and spending cuts are all higher in small and medium- sized towns than they are in the State’s main urban areas. Re(...)

 Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan: said the protection of rural post offices was a priority for the Government.

Large out-of-town discount stores have sucked the life out of town centres and damaged rural Ireland, said Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan. Ms (...)

Full list of candidates Even before the first salvoes were fired in this local election, Fine Gael lost a seat in the Taoiseach’s constituency.(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary said he receives between €60,000 and €80,000 in subsidies for his farm enterprise, and the fact that people like him received subsidies was  wrong. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary’s assertions that rural Ireland was doing well and that we would be better off without farm subsidies have been cr(...)

Rural development means different things to different people. For farming organisations, it has meant securing the maximum amount of funding fr(...)

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